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SubjectRe: Connecting through parallel port
On Thu, 21 Feb 2002 08:16:32 -0500 (EST), Bill Davidsen
<> wrote:

>On Wed, 20 Feb 2002, John Alvord wrote:
>> On Wed, 20 Feb 2002 10:39:36 -0500 (EST), Bill Davidsen
>> <> wrote:
>> >There was a protocol called PLIP which did just what you want. I've used
>> >it many times for laptop install (Patrick even fixed it in Slackware at my
>> >request).
>> >
>> >Unfortunately, while the feature is still in recent 2.[45] kernels, it
>> >appears to be broken. The last laptop I installed needed a network card to
>> >get working.
>> This was interesting when NIC (network interface cards) cost $100.
>> Nowadays, they are a lot less costly and interest in the PLIP solution
>> has evaporated.
>Unless cards now come with their own slot, this is still very useful. A
>system without parallel is very unusual, while one without network is far
>more common, and one without a place to even add a network is not that
>hard to find. While a home user with only a few systems which he can
>configure at will has no trouble adding a NIC, business use in many places
>doesn't work that way, and honestly I have a hard time telling someone to
>buy NICs, cables, a hub, etc, when a $7 cable will work between systems
>with a functional PL/IP kernel.
>Considering the low use things supported in the kernel, I see no reason to
>think PL/IP is less so. Not a lot of TokenRing out there these days, even
>in an IBM shop;-)

I guess the only remaining problem is finding someone to support the
code as Linux winds its way onward through the years. Or someone
paying to do that work.

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